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Apprenticeship, epistemic learning, and diffusion of innovations in education
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Hung, D., Azilawati Jamaludin, & Toh, Y. (2015). Apprenticeship, epistemic learning, and diffusion of innovations in education. Educational Technology, 55(4), 20-26.
Issues of innovation diffusion and its related tractability in schools remain key challenges in education research. At the Office of Education Research in Singapore, the authors have been working to develop a
research program leveraging upon a school cluster system with the view to experimenting on the centralization and decentralization structures of Singapore's education system to enable scaling or the
diffusion of innovations to occur. They posit that underpinning the structural aspects of diffusion is the
notion of apprenticeship learning among teachers for epistemic change to occur. In this article, they define
and outline how epistemic learning can occur at the teachers' level, articulating how leaders can provide the necessary socio-technological infrastructure to spread and sustain epistemic shifts for pedagogical change. To this end, they explore the use of the cluster system as an alternative approach and a proximal vehicle to build teacher capacity and to promote epistemic change in a more optimal manner in the context of innovation diffusion in education.
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